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Alexandria needs to stand together in opposition to wind corporations

To The Daily Sun,

The residents of Alexandria are facing the threat of an industrial wind turbine project. The Spruce Ridge Project by Energias de Portugal (EDP) is threatening the health, safety and welfare of local residents and the surrounding ecosystems of Alexandria .

Dealing with these industrial wind corporations is like playing a game of chess. You plan and strategize and try to figure out what's their next move and plans are; and just when you think you have a well planned strategy, things change. Every time you play, you learn different strategies and you get better.

Alexandria learned from a lawsuit brought by EDP against the town, over a met tower building permit, that our current RBO (Community Bill of Rights Ordinance) didn't address the future plans the industrial wind developer has for our community. We needed a new RBO to protect us better.

Article 16 on the Alexandria 2015 Warrants prohibits wind resource extraction and strengthens the current RBO which prohibits the siting of new energy projects. The new RBO is meant to complement the existing one not to replace it.

Just like in chess if the queen stands with the king it makes it harder to over come you.

We are a community that needs to stand united. We are all pawns, but together we stand strong. Come out and vote on March 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Alexandria Old Town Hall. Vote "Yes" on Article 16.

Debra Burke

Alexandria

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:49

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Their drive to turn U.S. into Marxist/socialist state is all consuming

To The Daily Sun,

Another day and more atrocities by the Muslim terrorists of ISIS.

The U.N. released a damning report of how these savages are treating children. Among other things they bury children alive. They crucify them; they use them as human shields; the developmentally delayed are used as suicide bombers; beheadings and mass executions are reported; some are sexual assaulted and sold as sex slaves; and there is probably more to come.

Now if anyone wants me to prove any of this, then no, I can't. I was not there, I didn't witness it. If you have a complaint take it to the United Nations, they're the ones who say it. But face it readers, this dovetails with the hundreds of authenticated reports and evidence of past atrocities by these terrorists.

With everything that has happened already, I just have to ask,what are all those moderate Muslims who say they are against terror going to do about it? Are they just going to mutter some meaningless statements that they are against violence? They have been saying that for 30 or 40 years but the crazies among them keep killing. So when do we stop letting them off the hook? When are the so called liberals going to stand up and stop enabling these butchers?

When does it sink in that, as Bill Maher said, "It's not my fault that the part of the world that is most against liberal principles is the Muslim part of the world."

And what about American Jews who stand by while universities and collages vilify Israel and promote the Arab right to destroy Israel and kill Jews? I can't understand that or how they let Obama slide on the issue? It's all so familiar to the history leading up to WW2.

This brings me to the liberal position, which most resembles the little statues of three monkeys of see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. So what's up with that? Do they have no empathy, sympathy or consensus? Perhaps they just don't care, can't be bothered. Their drive to turn America into a Marxist Socialist state is all-consuming and the lives of children far away is of no mater? I don't know readers. You tell me.

Steve Earle

Hill

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:45

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Year-Round Library appropration amounts to 0.4% of tax rate

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilmanton Year­Round Library is asking for your support at the second session of the Town Meeting (Voting Day) on March 10. The request is for $45,975. This is less than half what it would cost for the town to operate a comparable library. The request amounts to 10 cents per $1,000 of assessment or about four-tenths of 1 percent of the total tax rate at the current $22.93 per $1,000.

A quick review of the value of the services shows that for a few dollars on their tax bill a household will have access to the library's collection of more than 14,000 holdings, including books, audio books, movies on DVD and subscriptions to periodicals and local newspapers. Of additional value is the State Interlibrary Loan System that makes available, at no additional cost, thousands of additional books and hundreds of periodicals. A revolving loan arrangement with area libraries, called Scrooge and Marley, widens the availability of movies on DVD.

The library now offers e­books, which further expands the media available for those who wish to download books to their electronic devices. Six public computers provide free high­-speed access to the Internet. These computers allow many folks the opportunity to search for employment and the capability to write and submit their resumes.

Every citizen of Gilmanton will have access to all of this for the cost of one or two paperback books, or a couple of movie tickets. Half the property owners will pay less than $25.68 on their tax bill to keep the Library open. This amount will not buy a subscription to many magazines or newspapers, or even a month's access to the Internet on cable (unless you are willing to tie your phone line up with a very low speed connection).

The library is also a cultural resource that enriches the entire community. It is impossible to put a price on other offered services: Story hours (7­8 each month) for children, meeting spaces for organizations and interest groups; space for activities like "reading buddies," where older students mentor young readers. Space for this kind of activity is no longer available at the Gilmanton School.

Programs of general interest, exhibits by local artists, and interest groups ranging from crafts exchanges to scrabble, draw visitors and patrons into the library.

Stan Bean

Gilmanton

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:40

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Way too much money to be seeking in these difficult times

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing to state that I agree with both Mark Mooney and Donna Hepp in regards to the town's proposal concerning the Belmont Mill.

This is way too much money to be seeking from the taxpayers in these difficult times. Belmont taxes are outrageous and with the school's proposal of full-time kindergarten residents need to be careful when voting this year.

The town needs a better and more active capital investment program as stated by Ms. Hepp as well as Mr. Mooney.

I will be voting against this proposal.

Don Irvin

Belmont

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:35

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Islamic State is group of animals & should be treated as such

To The Daily Sun,

Last week a Jordanian pilot was brutally murdered by people setting him on fire. ISIS burned him alive.

I did not see the video and I am sure most of the readers did not. I do not want to see it.

Shepherd Smith of Fox News went into a lengthy description of the video. It was a high-quality movie production, as good as he had ever seen ,and what they did to this young man was murder and torture. Apparently ISIS does not have to follow the Geneva Convention. So why do we with their prisoners?

Our president, at the yearly prayer breakfast, spoke how in the name of Christ terrible things were done in the Crusades and Inquisition. Well, Mr. President, that was hundreds of years ago. How about talking about the present? Yes, if we study history we hope we will not repeat it. You cannot compare what happened hundreds of years ago with what happened this week and now.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, in a study, found that ISIS is "systematically killing of children belonging to religious groups and ethnic minorities." There have been mass executions of boys, beheadings and crucifixions of children and some children buried alive. They are making sex slaves out of children.

The burning of the soldier in a cage had the opposite effect of what ISIS wanted. The world screamed out in horror. ISIS executed Imams for criticizing the burning of the Jordanian soldier. ISIS is being condemned by Muslim leaders. ISIS is a terrorist group and should be treated as such and with the same brutality as they treat others. And we condemn water boarding.

Now ISIS is telling us that the American woman they held was killed as a result of Jordanian bombing. There is no proof that it happened or not. However, if they did not capture an innocent women, she would be still alive. It is their fault regardless if she is dead. For all we know ISIS could have executed her long ago and filmed that, too.

ISIS is a group of animals and should be treated as such. We would condemn anyone who did to an animal what they have done to human beings.

Mr. President. . . no more pretty words. ISIS is a terrorist group and we need to be prepared. We must secure our borders — all our borders, north and south as well as those with ocean borders. ISIS cannot be allowed into our country.

I am not saying we should send our soldiers to fight on the ground. There are plenty of countries in the Mideast that can and should to that. It is their war with ISIS, too. But we must support those who are our, allies in fighting ISIS and kill every last one of them as there will be no end as long as one of them is alive. We must do this now, for the longer we wait the harder it will be.

Linda Riley

Meredith

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:31

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